Stephen Hawking On Computer Viruses

"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."
Stephen Hawking
English cosmologist and physicist (1942 - )
I agree with Hawking's quote in some ways. However, I'm not so sure that computer viruses are a life form, and if they are, then maybe other aspects of the hardware and software in which they live should also be considered a life form. 
Either way, computer viruses aren't the only significant thing human beings have created. Human beings have created a lot of positive things. However, I like Hawking's quote because it does point out the ironic absurdity of computer viruses.